2017 marks the 9th Annual Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon in Highlands Ranch! This 13.1 mile scenic trail run utilizes the Douglas County East/West trail and the pristine Highlands Ranch Community Association's Backcountry Wilderness Area trails.
13.1 Mile RunPrice Increase in 98 days
|Jun 1 - Sep 30||Current Price $70.00|
|Oct 1 - Nov 1||$80.00|
Two Important updates about the 2017 Race:
First- we are excited about a new course for 2017! We kept the best parts of the previous course, took out the pavement, added some more single track... overall this is going to be an incredible route! The race will start just down the East/West trail from Rocky Heights Middle School.
Second- In an effort to reduce the amount of garbage we are bringing into the Backcountry, starting this year the Backcountry Half Marathon will be completely Cupless on course. After seeing the thousands of little cups we went through last year, we feel strongly that this is the best decision for the enviorment. We will give you a high quality collapsible cup you can use during the race (and in the future!!), and individuals who already have hydration systems are encouraged to use them! We will still have the same number of aid stations, with tons of water and nuun hydration... we just won't have paper cups. If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please email Don Reichelt, race director, at email@example.com
Many trail races around the country are making this change, we are excited to be one of them!
All participants will receive:
The Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon course has spectacular views! The course is a single loop which is 99% on dirt/gravel/single track. Runners will have the potential to view wildlife along the way as well as a soak in the amazing mountain views.
Since the Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon is a trail race in November, there is a potential on race day to encounter mud, snow or ice on the trail. We race rain, shine, sleet or snow!
Additional Course Details
Address: 11033 Monarch Blvd, Lone Tree, CO 80124
Parking will be available at Rocky Heights Middle School, as well as Rocky Canyon High School. It is a short walk to the start/finish line area from there!
Early Packet Pickup & Race EXPO
Date: Friday, November 1st, 2017
**YOU MUST BRING YOUR PHOTO ID. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO PICK UP PACKETS FOR OTHER PARTICIPANTS.
Race Day Packet Pickup / Registration
You will be able to pick up your timing bib and race shirt beginning at 7:00 a.m. on race morning. **YOU MUST BRING YOUR PHOTO ID.
Race day registration will not be available.
Run for a Reason…The Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon is bringing awareness and support to kids battling cancer by partnering with Miles for Tuesday. Join the (local) fight against childhood cancer by fundraising for The Pablove Foundation as part of “Miles for Tuesday” charity running team.
Miles for Tuesday was named in honor of Tuesday Whitt from Castle Rock, CO who lost her battle to childhood cancer at the age of 2, and whose courageousness has inspired so many. Since 2009 runners have been joining Miles for Tuesday, and have collectively raised over $190,000.00 in support of kids with cancer.
How to get involved?
Make a Personal Donation: Include a donation when registering for the Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon.
Join the Team and fundraise: Set up a personal fundraising page HERE.
Miles for Tuesday is giving away 50 free entries to anyone who commits to fundraising a minimum of $500. The 50 free entries are only available through May 15th so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration details.
100% of your fundraising will go directly to The Pablove Foundation, and specifically to bring their Shutterbugs arts program to Denver in support of kids with cancer here in Colorado. To learn more, please visit: www.milesfortuesday.org or email email@example.com.
Douglas County Search and Rescue Team, Inc. (DCSAR) is a non-profit, all volunteer team dedicated to providing search, rescue, emergency response, and outdoor safety education to the citizens of Douglas County, Colorado. The team also responds to requests for assistance from other search and rescue (SAR) teams in Colorado and around the United States.
The team will be stationed throughout the Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon course as well as at the finish line to ensure the safety of our participants. We appreciate their time volunteering for our race and keeping everyone safe on race day! A portion of our race proceeds will go towards purchasing new rescue equipment for DSCAR. To learn more about this organaiztion, please visit: http://www.dcsarco.org/
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November 3 03:00 PM MDT - Early Packet Pickup
November 4 07:00 AM MDT - Race Day Packet Pickup
November 4 09:00 AM MDT - Race Start
November 4 10:30 AM MDT - Post Race Party